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Get That Silly Ring Off Your Phone

OK, enough already. Sweet Home Alabama? Reveille? I will call upon the Lord? Star Wars Imperial March? Admittedly, they're all from one site, so they sound pretty much the same, but you get the idea.

You've heard them as much as I have.

And my personal favorite: Stairway to Heaven. Just FYI, this one is is the full, seven-minute, 20-second version, just in case you want to keep your caller waiting for that long.

I refuse to put Justin Timberlake's Cry Me A River here just because I don't think his career's gotten enough attention so far.

I recognize that there's a practical reason that many people want to have different cell phone ring tones. That's so we all don't look like idiots when one cell phone rings and we all grab our phone to answer it and discover that only one of us in the entire group is having a conversation, and that person looks up and smiles smugly at the rest of us, thinking that we're the geeks. But, what's wrong with faking it? "Sure, Bob, thanks. Can't talk right now, though. Important meeting. Will call you back later." Or something like that.

Don't think it's a passing fad. Cell phone ring tone sales have topped $3.5 billion. Yes, that's Billion, with a B.

And the industry (dare I call it that?) also sells screen tattoos, just in case you want to be cool, but don't want to go through the pain.

If you don't have a fancy phone, no worries - this site gives you the numeric numbers, along with the tempo, to push so you can sound like you have the latest phone. No vanity here!

I think it's all Ludacris. Get with the program and answer your phone before the rest of us have to listen to your little slice of the world.

And if you're in the movies, church, a graduation speech, wedding ceremony or some other event where you're not the center of attention, turn off your phone.

Or at least get a decent ring. (That's the one on my phone - a bit tongue in cheek given the level of technology in my PDA/phone.)

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